Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Stalling in between gears

asked by on

I am having problems with my 2.4L 2WD. I just had the timing chain and all of its components replaced. It ran great for about a day. Then there were problems with the 1st and 2nd gears. The truck almost goes dead when shifting unless I gas it really hard and hold the clutch down in the process. It gets worse the longer I drive it. But it’s intermittent and doesn’t happen every time I come to complete stop. I did allot of tests and replaced the distributor cap, rotor, spark plugs, and wires. I think it might be my distributor, but I’m not sure. Do you have any ideas? Thanks.

A: Hello. Thanks for writing in about your 199...

Hello. Thanks for writing in about your 1997 Nissan Pickup. My suggestion is to get it back to whoever did the timing chain and make sure that it was done correctly. It may actually be a timing chain issue (off by a tooth or two, tensioner not correct). Or sometimes when major work is performed, and many things are taken apart and wiring is disconnected, not everything gets put back together correctly and securely. Then a couple days later a problem arises. It happens. That’s where I would start. If you don’t feel comfortable bringing back to the same repair shops, an independent mechanic from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose your vehicle’s stalling issue.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Engine runs rough sometimes and then it cuts out.

Hi there. With the conditions that your vehicle is having is that the mass air flow sensor (MAF) is probably dirty and not functioning correctly. I recommend cleaning the mass air flow sensor with electrical cleaner and then putting it...

Q: car wont start

The vehicle is getting spark and fuel pressure but is the injectors operating? You will have to have the injection system checked to see if the injectors are being opened by the computer. I have seen these cars get spark...

Q: Vehicle jammed in gear number 3 and "N" neutral light is continuously flashing. Reverse and park functioning properly.

This is likely not good news - since it appears that your transmission is in "limp" mode. Try disconnecting the battery, waiting 10 minutes or so, re-installing the battery, then driving it for 20-30 minutes so the transmission can reset...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.